Debut novel to be celebrated in Siletz

A book launch party will be held in Siletz on Saturday, Dec. 1, featuring a new book by Grace Castle called “A Time to Wail, An Indian Country Novel.” (Courtesy photo)

The Siletz Tribal Community Center on Government Hill will be the scene of a book launch party on Saturday, Dec. 1. Grace Castle has scheduled the event from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to present her debut novel, “A Time to Wail, An Indian Country Novel.”

Castle, a former editor/reporter for the Lincoln County Leader, Toledo’s sister newspaper to the Newport News-Times, has set her debut mystery within the rural beauty of the 1970s Siletz River Valley, blending in the early history and culture of the tribes now known as the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. Her protagonist, a fictional Siletz tribal woman, was frightened away from home by grave robbers, but years later, messages from her dead son called her back to stop the thieves.

“I’ve been a writer all my adult life,” said Castle, “but this is my first attempt at fiction. The readers will find the story in Wail has traces of my several careers — newspaper reporting, professional investigator, freelance writing and editing for magazines, investigation textbook editing and writing. I’ve been blessed with many opportunities, but none have imprinted me more than my 50-plus years as a member of the Siletz and Lincoln County community and the research I did regarding the tribes’ history.”

Family obligations led Castle to settle in Eugene following her return from a seven-year investigation adventure in Chicago, but she said, “No place other than Siletz was appropriate for the celebration of my book. I have had a wonderful welcome from friends and relatives there.”

Everyone is welcome to attend the launch party. Special events and door prizes are planned in addition to a brief talk and reading by Castle. The “Best on the Rez” fry bread makers, cousins of the author, will make fry bread for everyone, and a Siletz drum has been invited. The book will be available for cash sales of $17.50 each.

Those who are unable to attend may order the book online at, Barnes& in softcover or ebook versions, (author listed as Grace Elting Castle), at the Logsden Store or Dee Ne Gifts in Siletz. 

The author can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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